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McCain VP speculation ploy for attention; Novak used to spark interest

Reported by Chrish - July 23, 2008 -

I noted last week 7/15/08 that According to Kilmeade on FOX, nobody wants to be Obama's running mate. This morning 7/23/08 on the program, LA Governor Bobby Jindall reiterated that he does not want to be McCain's running mate, and the FOX website elaborates that he "joins growing number of those pulling themselves out of race." Funny, it wasn't framed the same way for the Republican.

Jindall stated on the show this morning "“I’ve never talked to the senator about the vice presidency or his thoughts on selecting the vice president," although from the web headline "Jindal to McCain: No Thanks", it seems he had been asked at least if he would be interested.

The FOX article also reveals that PA Governor Ed Rendell also took himself out of consideration for the vice presidency, even though "he has not been vetted by the Obama campaign, indicating he’s not a focus for their search."

I would like to take this opportunity to state that I am taking myself out of consideration for the nomination for Vice-President on the Democratic ticket.

This supports the speculation that talk of McCain possibly naming a VP this week actually IS a ploy to divert attention from Obama and put some media attention on McCain.

Bob Novak might have been used to start that rumor (everyone knows how he loves a scoop). On Live Desk with Martha McAllum yesterday Novak said "I since have been told by certain people that this was a dodge. They were trying to get a little publicity to rain on Obama's campaign. That's pretty reprehensible, if it's true." His language was toned down in an appearance this morning on F&F.

Carlson introduced him and said "You're up to it again (her emphasis), you put a little snippet and let's face it, everyone pays attention to you." Novak said he was contacted by a senior person in the McCain campaign who said McCain definitely would name a running mate this week. Novak was suspicious, and contacted another senior member, who said 'gee, wouldn't this be a good week to do it?' Novak said that wasn't enough for him to put it in a column, but he did put "a sentence on the Internet." Once the firestorm was raging, the McCain camp immediately backed off, he said, and we can draw our own conclusions on whether he was used to draw a little attention off Obama.

Well, even if McCain doesn't name anyone this week, at least people are talking about it, right? asked Carlson, supporting the idea that it was all a strategy to get some buzz for McCain. Yes, but it's foolish, said Novak. McCain needs to name someone before Obama does, and the name on everyone's lips is Romney. Funny how he was Rove's preferred candidate and now he's the one with the buzz and popular support.

Side Note: Novak was in police custody shortly after this appearance for allegedly hitting a pedestrian with his car. “I didn’t know I hit him,” Novak told reporters from Politico and WJLA on the scene. "He's not dead, that's the main thing."